Recoil

Recoil

Book - 1992 | 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed.
Average Rating:
2
1
1
Rate this:
When convicted bank robber Pat Cosgrove is paroled from prison through the efforts of a man he barely knows and provided with a home, a job, and other favors, he begins to suspect he is being set up to be used for sinister purposes.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 1992.
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed.
ISBN: 9780679733089
0679733086
Branch Call Number: FIC THOMPSO
Characteristics: 178 p. ; 21 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Quotes

Add a Quote

j
jimg2000
Mar 30, 2015

"Don't know why it is," she said. "Give a guy a gun and he can't wait to use it."
===
"Goodnight." She smiled, but she sounded angry; or, rather, disgusted. It was almost as if she said, "Good God!"
===
He wouldn't be talking that night or any other. He was through talking for all time.
===
I drank a great deal of whiskey that night, and the more I drank the more sober I became. Around midnight, when the stuff was virtually running out my ears, ...

j
jimg2000
Mar 30, 2015

Luther thought he'd become accustomed to rottenness. Yet Sandstone never failed to outrage him. It wasn't a prison. It was a madhouse in which the keeper, and not the inmates, was mad. There was only one way to survive there: to become tougher and more tortuous-minded than that keeper. If you did that-if you amused the man with the preternaturally brilliant eyes and the unpredictable laughter- -you not only survived, but did so in comparative comfort.
===
"Well-I'm not apologizing, of course. Hell, they didn't call this state the heart of Balkan America for nothing. When it's a choice of eat or be eaten, what's a sensible man to do?" "Eat," I said.

Comment

Add a Comment

j
jimg2000
Mar 30, 2015

Enough convoluted actions and clues to keep readers in suspense in what was clearly a scam from the start. Pleasant quick read (first published 1953.)

Summary

Add a Summary

j
jimg2000
Mar 30, 2015

"The master of the American groin-kick novel."--Vanity Fair

Patrick Cosgrove used to think he'd do anything not to be a prisoner of Sandstone State Reformatory. Fifteen years on the inside for a victimless crime, under the care of a warden whose penchant for violence is legendary--surely nothing could be worse.

But when an unbelievably Samaritan act by a psychologist he's never met places Cosgrove in the care of Roland "Doc" Luther, Cosgrove's not so sure he hasn't traded the frying pan for the fire after all. On the one hand, Doc claims that Cosgrove owes him nothing, and seems at times like the most decent man alive. But at other times, Doc's potential for cruelty seems unimaginable. As it turns out, freedom's not as freeing as he thought it would be--especially when it might end up getting him killed.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at Sno-Isle Libraries

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top